May 24, 2018

“NCGS – Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity”

When we last spoke, we highlighted Celiac Disease, its signs and symptoms and the fact that ~3 million people suffer from this autoimmune disease.  We also mentioned the nearly 21 million individuals who are sensitive to gluten. These people are sometimes diagnosed as non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). They present with symptoms similar to celiac and report improved health when following a gluten-free diet.  Let’s explore their situation, including emerging research that suggests there is a spectrum of NCGS disorders. In 2012, celiac researchers coined the term non-celiac gluten sensitivity, or “celiac lite”, to describe a form of gluten intolerance that […]
May 11, 2018

Habit #7 – Sharpen the Saw

About a year ago, I was at this conference in Providence, when I learned a really valuable professional lesson. Like any experience from which you learn that something you’ve been doing and teaching, and personally practicing, is patently wrong, I was a little embarrassed and dismayed. Apparently, for years, I had been teaching and coaching a movement that in actuality did little good for most people, but carried with it a higher potential risk of injury than we had fully understood. The specific movement, if you’re curious, is called a Russian Twist. For those who aren’t familiar with it, briefly, […]
May 11, 2018

Habit #6 – Synergize

There was this one time that we were working out in our basement gym, doing a really hard circuit of challenging exercises in a series, moving from one to the next as rapidly as possible, with no programmed rest. Both of us started out the workout with no intention of going all out. But, as it played out, movement by movement, we found ourselves accelerating the pace, hammering our reps faster and faster, moving to the next movement without pause, redlining our heart rates and level of exertion. It turned into a sufferfest, a real smoker! Both of us felt […]
May 11, 2018

Habit #5 – Seek First to Understand, and Then to be Understood

As I type this, I’m in the middle of a great book. But, it’s one that I probably never would have read if not for the recommendation from a good friend. It’s a biography of the Russian revolutionary and first Soviet dictator, Vladimir Lenin. It would never have occurred to me to read anything about Lenin. Because of the indoctrination I experienced in the Army during the height of the Cold War, my only impression of him was of a brutal dictator. In the 1980’s, the Soviet Union was the “Evil Empire”. Lenin was the progenitor of that colossus of […]
May 11, 2018

Habit #4 – Think Win-Win

Last Tuesday, I had a run planned as my workout for the day. I was pretty sore, my legs smoked from Metabolic Monday. And I had gigantic piles of work to do and was wondering how I was going to make time to get this run done.  Ever feel like that, like the thought of having to do a workout is like an oppressive weight looming over you? It’s kind of like… “ughh, I am just not up for this, but I have to do this workout…” Yeah, me too, at times. When I catch myself falling into that thought pattern, I try to […]
May 11, 2018

Habit #3 – Put First Things First

Last Thursday I overslept. By a lot! I woke up when Julie’s alarm went off at 6 AM. I must have forgotten to set my own alarm. Most mornings I’m up by 0400. Often, I’m awake before the alarm. But, not that day. I suppose I must have needed the sleep. Thankfully, I didn’t have any appointments or obligations that morning, so no harm done. But, that lapse blew up my plans for training that day. I didn’t train at all. Last week we discussed the second habit, beginning with the end in mind. I encouraged this team to forget about […]